Archive for October, 2008

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word of the day: circumlocution

circumlocution\sir-kuhm-loh-KYOO-shuhn\, noun:

The use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed by few; indirect or roundabout language.

I am struggling with this right now as I 8/8 trample through my first draft trying to tightening it down and make it not suck total ass. I have a tendency to do one of two things:

a) Write a lot of really short sentences. And I mean a lot. Like Hemingway. And I hate Hemingway.

b) Write really, long intricate sentences that go on and on and on for several lines, with commas, lots and lots of commas, that probably shouldn’t be used because a semicolon would be appropriate in several spots but in my head I hear it as commas, so commas for all my men!

You see my problem.

So now, while I rewrite the front half of the book (it is already sooo much better) I am trying to keep in mind that I need a consistent and not suck-ass writing style.

Sigh.

Head down. Keep moving forward. Trample!

wip: Tucker Beta @ sc5

Still working. The rewrite is going pretty well; I’ve already gotten through scene 5 (sc5). The DLD draft had 30 scenes so I’m approximately 1/6 done.

Oi.

sc1 was stripped, shaved and hosed off. WAY better now. I added a new sc4 – Tucker’s family relationship needed clarification. I expect there will be a couple other spots that get whole new sections. Been doing a lot of cut and paste – keep the stuff that works and fit it in with some new words.  I’m happy with the results so far.

I have to get on track and get signed up for the RWA Golden Heart contest. I need to enter before November 17 but the ms doesn’t need to be there until December 2. Thank heavens for small favors.

Wish me luck!